Banal nationalism at work: “State-owned tea firm fined 220,000 liras for ‘insulting [ALLEGED NATIONAL DRINK] ayran’ in ads

Turkey’s Customs and Trade Ministry has fined a state-owned firm 220,000 Turkish Liras for “insulting ayran” in an advertisement for iced tea
A Turkish man detained as a suspected would-be suicide bomber in northern Turkey was actually wearing a burqa to disguise himself to meet a secret lover from a dating site, local media reported Nov. 8
Yıldız Palace, a historic Ottoman palace in Istanbul’s central Beşiktaş district, has been allocated for use by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
An indictment has been prepared against a provincial mayor on charges of “promoting terrorism on social media,” according to a court statement
The U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook has completed a joint exercise with Turkish naval forces in the Mediterranean. The state-run Anadolu Agency captured images from abroad the destroyer after the drill

Pro-AK Party columnist instructs YÖK head to take over 17 private universities
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Küçük also criticized the Union of Foundation Universities (VÜB) for being under the influence of the Gülen movement. Rıfat Sarıcaoğlu, the head of the VÜB and the head of the board of trustees for Bilgi University, said in a press conference on Nov. 1

Turkish police on Nov. 7 detained seven foreign nationals in southern Turkey on suspicion of planning to head to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), state media said
Turkey: repeating past mistakes

Civilian Kurds bear the brunt of Turkey’s indiscriminate campaign against the PKK. Only learning from history can finally end the vicious cycle of conflict and bring about a new dawn of peace.

Demotix/Mehmet Masum Suer. All rights reserved.With daily violence, punitive curfews and escalating tensions, you would be forgiven for mistaking the current war between the Turkish government and the PKK for that of twenty years ago.

The Turkish Armed Forces have released details of a 40-day air and land operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) mountain bases in the southeastern province of Hakkari
Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has vowed to clear the party of “so-called” members whose sole concerns are winning tenders in CHP municipalities, in reaction to recent speculations on CHP Çankaya Mayor Alper Taşdelen
The Kurdish-question focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has announced its readiness to discuss replacing the current constitution with a new pro-freedom charter

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